Pre-Conference Workshop

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October 22 (Friday) 9:30-12:30


Classic Theories, Neuroscience and Culture in Working with Asian Couples

Instructor: Dr. Wentao Chao

Professor, National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan

Counseling psychologist (License, Taiwan), Marriage and family counselor (certificate) and council member,
Taiwan Association for Marriage and Family Counseling President (2015/7~2018/6) and council member,
Association of Couple and Family Therapy in Taiwan, Fellow member, Asian Academy of Family Therapy (AAFT)

Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Hong Kong, H.K.
M.A. in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, Sonoma State University, U.S.A.

He has been practicing couples and family therapy for over 20 years, and providing couple and family therapy
training in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Malaysia.

Many couple therapy trainings are based on one major theoretical approach, whereas many couple therapists have been updating knowledge and skills from all sources and integrating them into practice.

This workshop will provide a framework of working with couples. The framework integrates classical theories in couple therapy, recent updates of interpersonal neurobiology, and application of culture in conceptualizing and working with Asian couples.

This framework adopts classical theories in couple therapy such as John M. Gottman’s “Sound relational house” as its foundation, and applies the recently-developed interpersonal neurobiology, including Daniel Siegel’s series of concepts, to refine what a couple therapist can do in working with intense couple relationship. To put cultures into consideration and enhance therapist’s sensitivity to culture-related relational dynamics, this framework encourages therapist paying attention to relational patterns that seem to derive from or relate to local culture.

This framework helps couple therapists assess the bonding between a couple, and facilitates a process of relational remedy. This framework can be applied to various presenting complaints of couples, including extramarital affair issues. The workshop will include lecture and video or live demonstration to illustrate how to apply this framework in therapy process.

Keywords: Couple therapy, Interpersonal neurobiology, Culture-related relational dynamics, Asian couples


Technology and Family Therapy: What’s Happening and What to Monitor?

Instructor: Dr. Tracy Todd

Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (2012 to present), 2002 - 2004 Board member of AAMFT, Nearly 20 years as co-director of the Brief Therapy Institute of Denver, Colorado, 2000 - AAMFT Practice Award

Ph D, Marriage and Family Therapy, Iowa State University
Master’s degree, Family Relations, Texas Tech University

Tracy Todd, PhD has served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy since 2012. As CEO Dr. Todd is responsible for overseeing services for 23,000 members and representing the professional interests of nearly 60,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the USA and Canada. With an annual budget nearing $7,000,000, and through the efforts of approximately 40 staff, AAMFT engages in such activities as advocacy, legal and ethics consultation, continuing education events, approved supervision, accreditation, as well as management of the AAMFT Research and Education Foundation.

Prior to working at AAMFT, Dr. Todd was co-director of the Brief Therapy Institute of Denver where he worked for nearly 20 years with couples and families. He specifically focused on high risk adolescents and men’s issues. He has written numerous articles, published two books on private practice business development strategies, and received numerous awards for his contributions toward mental health and family therapy. Dr. Todd received his PhD from Iowa State University which, at the time, was a COAMFTE-accredited program.

Technology is rapidly transforming the service delivery of systemic family therapy. Digital platforms generally fall into three categories: administrative, clinical, and training. Administrative platforms include such technologies as electronic health records and appointment setting platforms. Clinical technology includes online therapy, texting, and mental health applications (apps). Training technologies encompass simulation and biofeedback.

This pre-conference institute will introduce these technologies, and others, as well as discuss advantages/disadvantages of using, regulations, guidelines/best practices, and ethics. Innovation strategies will be a large part of this institute as participants will be encouraged to share how they use technology so that everyone in attendance can collaborate. Come and join the discussion about the next frontier!

Keywords: technology and family therapy, digital platforms, innovation strategies.

Registration Fee: Early USD 50 / Regular USD 60

* Please choose either Workshop I or Workshop II

* Student presenters may register for workshop at the venue on October 22, 2021.

Deadline for Early Registration: July 31, 2021